August 15, 2022
Pilates devotees know that a class is much more than an exercise sequence that improves our physical strength and fitness. With its combined breath attention and mindful movement techniques, research now supports what many of us have experienced first-hand — noticeable positive changes to our mindset.
High-quality mental health correlates to how we feel, relate to others and respond to situations and is vital for managing stress and avoiding illness.
The ongoing impacts of Covid have elevated the importance of taking care of our mental health, particularly when we endure difficult times.
The catch is we must work at it by doing good things for ourselves! Pilates is perfect for boosting our mental wellbeing because:
it gets you out of the house
you can socialise
increases blood flow, endorphins and feel-good hormones like serotonin and cortisol
releases stress and positively distract from negative thoughts.
“Being present” is a big part of the mental health conversation, meaning to embrace the here and now, in whatever form it takes, and not allow ourselves to get distracted.
Pilates differs from, say, running on the treadmill because the constant change of movements, direction and even posture, require you to activate the mind and body simultaneously with the breath, enabling us to integrate with the present moment rather than resist what is happening or tune into something else.
Cultivating presence through Pilates results in a calmer nervous system and, over time, greater mind-body awareness and resilience to life’s challenges and worries.
The Village Pilates team of professional instructors, some with life coaching qualifications, can support you in transforming your health journey into a fulfilling lifestyle.
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